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just started fishing a large lake here in cali. been throwing into bass busting on large groups of shad.it can be torture cause i can't seem to catch any.my ? is,what lures and techniques do you use to get these busting bass to hit your lure? thanks

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This time of year I always have a super spook or a fluke on deck ready to go anytime I see them chasing bait. My first reaction is usually the spook mostly because I can cast it further.

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Try using a chartruese lure or something that stands out.

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lipless crankbait

^ Specifically, a chrome/blue or black back SK RES. Toss it into the middle of the mess and let it sink. Often, bigger bass are waiting underneath the feeding frenzy to pick off wounded baitfish.

Tom

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Spook or Sammy X2.

This happened to me 2 weeks ago. I thought it was raining baseballs - there were so many blow-ups. It happened every 10 minutes which gave me some time to figure them out. At first, my adrenanline was pegged and I was walking the dog waaaay too fast because chaos was all around. Once I caught my breath, I got them to bite with a slow retrieve. 3 jerks, pause and count to 5 was the winning cadence. I caught 4 in a matter of minutes, ranging from 1 to 3#'s.

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Super spook jr or fluke. If they stop surfacing as soon as I start moving the boat towards them then I'll run a grub through the area.

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Make sure to match the hatch. Meaning match your bait to the size, color, and shape of the bait fish.

Good lures for schoolers include poppers, Zara spooks, soft/hard jerkbaits, swimbaits, and a largely unused technique is the Norman front runner which gives you a chance to get a double.

Simply tie on the front runner to your main line then attach a leader with your favorite topwater and it mimics a larger fish chasing something smaller. Look into it!

If a fish misses your topwater just throw back a zoom super fluke or a senko, this is called a follow up. Often the bass will think it injured it and will eat it up!

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Some good suggestions here but also try tossing a wacky rigged senko into the boil or just outside it.

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I had some good success this year thrown a 6" Huddleston ROF12 in the middle of the boils. I used to go spook/gunfish and had some success. Then moved to an X-rap which I think got bit a little better. The thing about the Hudd is it sinks fast and I think maybe that gets down to the better fish or maybe its the bigger profile draws out the bigger fish?????

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I had some good success this year thrown a 6" Huddleston ROF12 in the middle of the boils. I used to go spook/gunfish and had some success. Then moved to an X-rap which I think got bit a little better. The thing about the Hudd is it sinks fast and I think maybe that gets down to the better fish or maybe its the bigger profile draws out the bigger fish?????

X2

I've had good luck doing the same thing with a 4.5" Mattshad. I like to cast beyond the school, let the bait sink, and then slowly drag it along the bottom beneath the boils. Be sure to remove the treble hook from the belly to avoid hang ups. It's hard to ignore all the surface action, but it's worth it when you start catching the big girls below.

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Do I dare say the "Alabama rig?"

Dang straight a-rig is where its at when there chasing bait

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Zoom fluke for me too. When bass are chasing a school of shad they will attack the weak or one that gets separated from the school. When they see the fluke twitching like a dying shad they hit it. My personal favorite color is.glimmer blue from zoom. Probably my single favorite plastic to fish with.

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Still can't believe no one has said scrounger!

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Scum frog barely twiching, spook with an erratic walk, or an unweighted white super fluke.

Mike

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I use one of the metal blade baits such as the *** Blade or Heddons. I throw it past the boil and let it sink for 3 to 4 seconds and reel it back to the boat. Works pretty well most of the time.

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The bass boils I see are when I'm pond fishing, I have but 1 rod and there is no time to change lures. I seldom miss a fish when they are boiling, my answer is they hit anything. If I could pick a favorite it would be a top lure, for me it's the most fun.

That is not the case with all locations. I've had many canal outings where I've casted into a boiling frenzy and never got bit and tried a number of lures.

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